When dd was born I had a variety of different things to attach her to me and leave hands free. None of them were accepted, so I learnt to do things with one hand and started making sandwiches while she was asleep to grab at lunch time without having to prepare it.
It feels like to be a "true" AP, a sling, wrap, carrier of some sort is a requirement. Even on fb, I tried to join a couple and they talk more about co-sleeper devices and things to carry a baby in other than arms, and less about actual babies, or just plain carrying or sleeping with baby. Also, it seems like a "real" AP-er needs to not only breastfeed, but have particular wristbands and breastfeeding pillows and other devices. I just stuck the baby on where we were, with her in my arms, and put her on whichever side felt fullest.
Anyone else feel left out of conversations because of not using extras?
BTW I still do recommend slings and things to people to try them, but tell them if bub doesn't like it that's ok, not all of them do, and I spent hundreds before working that out.